Plant Profile: Tangerine Beauty Crossvine
Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty'

Crossvine is an outstanding native vine that is found growing wild throughout all of Georgia. The cultivar Tangerine Beauty blooms with 2 inch tangerine-colored tubular flowers and much more prolifically than the straight species. The flowers of Tangerine Beauty also have a pale yellow center. Crossvine should not be confused with the more common (and somewhat rampant) Trumpet Creeper, which has similar flowers.

Tangerine Beauty Crossvine is semi to fully evergreen with laurel-shaped leaves that may turn a deep purple during very cold winters. Flowers appear in mid to late April and continue sporadically through the season. Hummingbirds are very fond of this plant.

Use Tangerine Beauty Crossvine on an arbor, gazebo or fence. It is a natural climber attaching itself by tendrils. Since it can grow to be 20-30 feet long, it may be too much for the mailbox. It performs best in full sun to partial shade and rich soil. It has no serious pests or diseases.

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